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The Best Damn Band In The Land - The Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni

Harold Eugene Bingham

November 8, 1933 - April 9, 2020

Harold E. Bingham, 86, passed in peace on April 9th, 2020 at Mount Carmel Saint Ann's hospital in Westerville, Ohio.

Harold is survived by his wife, Donna (Lamm) Bingham of Westerville; daughter, Debbie (Donald) Shoemaker of Montgomery, Texas; daughter, Vicki (Jeffrey) Light of Los Angeles, California; daughter, Lisa (Eugene) Hawn of Decatur, Alabama; grandsons, Ross (Kelsey Shimasaki) Light of Los Angeles, California and Ryan Light of Los Angeles, California; granddaughters, Katie Coker of Wixom, Michigan and Alyssa (Scott) Steinhouse of West Valley City, UT; great-granddaughter, Adilyn Coker of Wixom, Michigan; nephew, Dwight (Mary Ellen Schlitz) Kier of North Canton; niece, Diane Kier of Hilliard.

Harold was born to Wilma (Vance) and Carlton E. Bingham in Canton, Ohio on Nov. 8, 1933. After graduating from Canton Lincoln High School in 1951, he attended The Ohio State University, studying engineering and mathematics and was a 5-year member of the OSU marching band.

A loyal Buckeye fan, Harold avidly followed the university's sports teams throughout his life with the colors of scarlet and gray featured prominently in his wardrobe.

Harold was called into service with the army and reminisced with fellow veterans about his experience during a recent Honor Flight visit to Washington D.C..

Harold married Donna Lamm on December 31, 1959 at First Methodist Church in Massillon, Ohio, beginning a 60-year marriage and a family that included three daughters.

Harold accepted a job in the then-new field of data processing at Highlights for Children magazine in Columbus, Ohio, where he eventually became a corporate vice president over a 32 year career.

He lived a life of service to his family, friends, country, church and company. Camping, sports, model railroading, music, community service and enjoying nature were themes throughout his life. Whether steering an RV throughout the United States, volunteering at a high school basketball game, ringing in the church bell choir, or cheering on his favorite team, Harold approached each interest with energy and enthusiasm. He was a member of Central College Presbyterian Church where he sang in the choir and volunteered on various committees.

A memorial service will be held at Liberty Presbyterian Church's chapel at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central College Presbyterian Church. Schoedinger Northeast Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.

Harold was a member of the marching band from 1951 through 1955. He played trumpet in X-Row.